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Annual Art Grant


As part of its role in supporting the creative sector and promoting creative production, Misk Art Institute launches an annual Art GRANT.

Emerging and promising artists and creatives are invited to offer creative proposals as art groups or individual artists in the fields of visual art, sculpture, photography, and multidisciplinary art.The grant offers creatives an opportunity to improve their artistic practices, to work closely with a selection of curators and mentors and increase creative production. The grant facilitates and provides technical and financial support to the selected applicants.

Each year, the Grant identifies a theme under which artists are invited to submit proposals for works that will be included as part of the Institute’s collection and which may be loaned to cultural institutions and events in the Kingdom and abroad.

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Mukooth Exhibition


Grant theme for 2020

The chosen theme was Mukooth, meaning to stay, dwell and sojourn. Mukooth insinuates a sense of calmness to reflect the present, while looking to the future and considering what it may hold.

When the pandemic hit the world, it forced us to take a breath and reflect on the fast-paced life we live in. The new norm has a unique impact on each one of us, especially artists. Artists are trying to maintain a creative mindset even if they have no access to their studios and tools. While artists Dwell, they have the chance to self-reflect, generate, and gather ideas, experiment, innovate, and create.

2020 Grant Artist:

- Ayman Zedani

- Muhanad Shono

- Alaa Alghufaili

- Humoud Alattawi

- Saad Alhowede

Selection Committee

Reem Fadda
Reem Fadda

Reem Fadda is an independent curator and art historian, a member of the International Academy of Arts in Palestine and a member of the jury of the Arab Youth Theater Fund. Reem has 6 years of experience as an associate curator for middle eastern art at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York. Her role at the Guggenheim project helped shape its curatorial vision and West Asian and North African art collection.

Furthermore, from 2005 to 2007, Fadda was the director of PACA in Ramallah (the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art). Fadda has curated several international exhibitions and biennials on the art, architecture and geopolitics of the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates National Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Birzeit (2017); Not New Now, 6th Marrakech Biennale, (2016), and Jerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds) the inaugural exhibition at The Palestinian Museum.

Laila Al Faddagh
Laila Al-Faddagh

Laila AlFaddagh holds a bachelor’s degree in Art and a Master’s in Science in the field of international studies with a focus on education and societal human development. Her career began in Saudi Aramco as a supervisor of contemporary art by developing exhibitions and building art collections for the museum, and this led her to her current position as head of museums at Ithra Centre (King Abdulaziz centre for World Culture), which includes four exhibitions, the Children's Museum, and the Energy Gallery in addition to temporary exhibitions. Her experience in Saudi Aramco’s Ithra Centre, Laila got the opportunity to work with the Los Angeles Museum of Art in the Department of Middle Eastern Art, in addition to her representation of the Kingdom and Saudi Aramco as a key member of the first Saudi pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, and she is also an active participant in the American Museum Association and Dubai Art.

Mohammed Al Shammarey
Mohammed Al-Shammarey

Al-Shammarey is an Iraqi born self-taught multidisciplinary artist that works with painting, photography, silk-screen printing, sculpture and book art. The artist’s captivating symbolic work is often inspired by literature and poetry, particularly the writing of Rumi, Mahmoud Darwish and the Epic of Gilgamesh. Mohammed has participated in many group exhibitions such as the British Museum’s 2006 Word into Art: Artists from the Modern Middle East exhibition, University of North Texas’s Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art traveling exhibition (2005-2008), Modernism and Iraq exhibition at the Wallach Art Gallery as a part of Columbia University (2009), Iraqi Artists in Exile exhibition at the Station Museum of contemporary art in Houston, Texas (2014), Gallery R exhibition in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2016) and most recently Del Sur Bianialle in Venezuela and the Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World exhibition at the American University Museum in Washington, DC (2018). In addition to many dedicated solo exhibitions held in Baghdad, Amman, Kuwait, and Houston, Texas.

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